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depression

Aug 8th, 2017 everyday, muses Amanda Stanley 1 min read

Have you ever been depressed to the point of not wanting to get out of bed? I’ve always suffered from mild depression. Sad days are just a part of my life. I’ve had really good years, months, weeks. I’ve had really bad years, months, weeks. This year is a bad year time. I find it most aggravating when I can’t pinpoint the cause. I guess…

Journaling

Apr 9th, 2017 everyday, muses Amanda Stanley 4 min read

In the last few months, I’ve taught a couple journaling classes. When I was a teenager especially, I journaled all the time, but since adulthood it has been a hit or miss activity for me. Mostly because I had outgrown the ‘Dear Diary’ phase and usually just felt selfish after writing about my life. Over the years, my journaling has turned mostly to writing my…

Learning

Feb 18th, 2017 muses Amanda Stanley 1 min read

I need to learn how to take a compliment. When someone tells you something nice about yourself, they want you to smile and nod, right? Why do I feel the need to explain myself or make a weird face? I need to learn how to handle this better… I need to learn that sharing my life is ok. Just because my experience is hard and…

Shame

Feb 17th, 2017 everyday, muses Amanda Stanley 2 min read

Not that long ago, I wrote about having space in my life. For about 6 years we lived life in perpetual survival mode which leaves little space to be creative. I have slowly been coming out of that for a few years now. This week marked a big milestone for us. Gavyn made it an entire year without needing to see his neurosurgeon! This Tuesday…

Behind the Sunday best

Jan 25th, 2017 everyday, muses Amanda Stanley 3 min read

Being my honest self, not wearing my Sunday face, what would that look like? What story would I tell you? I might tell you about how my life hit an all time low not that many years ago. We had three boys at the time, my husband was a freelancer, two of the boys had special needs, my life revolved around keeping us afloat, doing…

Merry Christmas

Dec 21st, 2016 everyday, muses Amanda Stanley 3 min read

And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:7 & 11  The story of Jesus’ birth is a familiar tale to us. I…

Hey girls…

Nov 11th, 2016 everyday, muses Amanda Stanley 4 min read

2016… What a weird year, huh? My head feels a little bit like mush as I remember this past week. When I walked into the polling room at our school, and cast my vote, I had some pride well up in my heart. Did I think Hillary Clinton would make the best president yet? I really wasn’t sure. I don’t agree with anyone’s politics 100%,…

Dear Momma #3

Nov 11th, 2016 everyday, muses Amanda Stanley 1 min read

Dear Momma, We are nearing another holiday season and as always, my mind turns to you and your family. My boys had fun on Halloween, Gavyn dressed as Superman. Would your boy have gone trick or treating? Would he have had a funny joke? Or perhaps he would have been too old now. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and in my heart, I will…

Hope

Oct 21st, 2016 muses, Uncategorized Amanda Stanley 5 min read

Hope. Such a small word. Such a powerful word. Such an emotional word. When you see the word Hope, does it conjure emotions in your soul? Maybe not all the time, it has become a trendy word, plastered on mugs, tshirts, and wall art. (Okay hipsters, settle down with the triangles and one word phrases.) Back on topic… When you really think about the word…

Challange

Oct 6th, 2016 everyday, muses Amanda Stanley 4 min read

  I’m on a leadership team for a moms group at my church. The curriculum (if you will) had a 28 day challenge. We decided we would all do it together this month and share our experiences with one another. We are on day 6 and it has already wrecked me in surprising ways. Each day we read a short essay, there is some type…